A Dog’s Way Home…
About the Book:
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Ashley Judd releasing February 2019.
From W. Bruce Cameron, author of the beloved bestseller and major Hollywood movie A Dog’s Purpose, comes this beautifully told, charming tale that explores the unbreakable bond between us and our pets.
Lucas Ray is shocked when, while attempting to rescue stray cats from an abandoned building slated for demolition, an adorable puppy jumps out of a crawl space and into his arms. Even though the apartment he shares with his mother, a disabled veteran, doesn’t allow dogs, Lucas can’t resist taking Bella home.
Bella is inexplicably drawn to Lucas, even if she doesn’t understand the necessity of games like No Barks. As it becomes more difficult to hide her rapidly growing presence from neighbours, Lucas begins to sneak Bella into the veteran’s hospital where he works and his mother receives treatment. There, the happy-go-lucky dog naturally brings joy and comfort where it is needed most.
After Bella is picked up by Animal Control for being a pit bull, a breed banned in Denver, Lucas has no choice but to send her to a foster home until he can figure out what to do. But Bella, distraught at the separation, doesn’t plan to wait. With four hundred miles of dangerous Colorado wilderness between her and Lucas, Bella sets off on a seemingly impossible and completely unforgettable adventure home.
A classic story of unwavering loyalty and incredible devotion, A Dog’s Way Home is a fantastic and exhilarating journey of the heart.
I’m a dog person. I always have been. For most of my life, I’ve had a least one dog, often times two. I have conversations with my dogs everyday, imagining what funny things they might be saying to me with their nudges, groans, whines and yips. And those expressive eyes. Dogs have a way of communicating so much with a certain look. It should come as no surprise then that I enjoy movies about dogs. And yes, when I watched A Dog’s Purpose, I cried. Sobbed. It just had all the feels. And don’t get me started on Milo and Otis. There are so many dog movies, do we really need another one, I hear you ask. Yes. There must always be new dog movies. They’re usually funny, obscenely cute, and perfect for all ages. But most of all, they’re hopeful. They convey so much about empathy and love. In my opinion, there’s nothing like a dog story to make you appreciate the power of kindness.
And now we are about to get a new dog movie, A Dog’s Way Home, based upon this novel of the same title, written by the author of A Dog’s Purpose. It tells the story of a pit bull cross, forced into a separation from her owner because she is a banned breed. This is a story that will appeal to a wide audience with the only prerequisite being that you all love dogs. The great thing about dog stories is that heavy themes can be conveyed with accessibility, and with its themes of discrimination and the power of animals in raising the spirits of those who are suffering, A Dog’s Way Home delivers fully as a story of worth. The narration is somewhat childlike, but Bella is a dog, so you wouldn’t expect it to read any other way. The warmth and wit makes this an ideal story to read as a family. I’m really looking forward to seeing this story transformed into a movie, but I’ll certainly be watching with some tissues on hand. Look at the cover. How cute is Bella? Such a tiny little puppy sitting in the shoe! Awww… You see? I’m hopeless around dogs!
‘I was too miserable to eat the first day, and also the second. Then I realised Lucas sent me to this place to wait for him, so I began feeding when the other dogs did. What I needed to do was be the best dog I could so Lucas would come get me.’
A Dog’s Way Home. Read it before you see the movie. It’s well worth your time.
Thanks is extended to Pan Macmillan Australia for providing me with a copy of A Dog’s Way Home for review.
About the Author:
W. Bruce Cameron is the Number One New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of A Dog’s Purpose (now a major motion picture), A Dog’s Journey, The Dog Master, The Dogs of Christmas, and The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man. He lives in California.
A Dog’s Way Home
Published by Pan Macmillan Australia
Released December 2018